The Societies Newsletter
22 July 09

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One of my weddings this year is a £1500.00 package. The B&G found me via the SWPP site.
£99 a year resulting in a £1500.00 booking - do the math - Mark P


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Convention2010 Convention

The Countdown Has Begun

We are now starting the countdown to the 2010 Convention. Already HQ are preparing for what is to be the biggest Convention, The Society have held so far.

The truly international line up of speakers this year is incredible, with over 90 lectures from around the world giving over 350 hours of masterclasses.

This year is not to be missed!

Focus-on Convention Speaker - John Henshall

John Henshall, the internationally acclaimed, and often outspoken, digital imaging guru, has been awarded a Master of Arts Honorary degree by the University for the Creative Arts, for his ‘profound influence,’ in the development of digital photography technologies over the past twenty years.

Said Henshall, who trained as a BBC cameramen and worked extensively as Director of Photography on programmes such as ‘Spitting Image’: “This is a wonderful and completely unexpected honour for me. It’s true that some of my press articles and seminar topics met with scepticism and opposition in some quarters of the photographic industry but I was simply arguing the case that digital was not a threat but an opportunity for all of us in the industry.”

John is speaking at the 2010 Convention:

Stock Photography – Can It Still Pay Your Mortgage In A Recession And Promise You A Free Pension? (Masterclass)

Please see John's speakers page for more information:

Portraiture - by Trevor & Faye Yerbury

This Superclass is devoted to the Art of Portraiture and the simplicity of lighting. Trevor & Faye will demonstrate how they use both strobe and natural daylight in their studio in a simple but highly effective way to create their stunning and award winning images. Trevor & Faye will be working with male and female models and delegates will be encouraged to bring their cameras. Faye will also be discussing post production techniques.

This class is very limited on numbers.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

Friday 15 Jan 09:00 - 13:00

Members £75 Non Members £85 (Per Person)

To Book your place, please phone +44 (0)1745 356935

Doug's Red Bus Road Show Class (Full-Day Seminar)
by Doug Gordon

Wednesday 13 Jan 09:00 - 16:00

Doug will take you on a complete journey of how to take your photography and business to the next level, in his straight forward, straight from the heart, inspirational style.

You will be motivated, educated, challenged and entertained as you walk through the streets of London for a day shoot that will completely transform the way you shoot.

What better environment is their to learn then while on the fly working outside the box. See unconventional, unique, edgy glamorous poses right before your eyes. Prepare to be changed forever.

Members £99 Non-Members £125 (No lunches included)

This class is very limited on numbers.
Book now to avoid disappointment.

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Minimalist Lighting - Professional Techniques for StudioMinimalist Lighting - Professional Techniques for Studio

Working from the studio used to be a complicated and expensive task requiring great skill and extensive equipment to ensure that the imagery was as effective as location photography. Now a more minimalist approach is not only possible, but preferable thanks to developments in camera and lighting technologies. Minimalist Lighting explores how this shift can be exploited with less complexity and a smaller budget, which offers the reader more flexibility than ever before to create varied, sophisticated imagery from their studios.

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Children's Photography Bundle Deal

Children's Photography Bundle Deal

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Portrait ProfessionalNew Version 9 for Perfect Portraits and save an extra 15% !

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See pages 112-117 in the June/July issue of Imagemaker for a full review.

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Portrait Professional V9 is currently on a web launch offer
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To purchase the software or download a free trial please go to

The Societies - 6 Bath St., Rhyl LL18 3EB - Tel 0044 1745 356935